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Professor Michio Kaku Probes the Mind in Latest Book

January 16, 2014 | City College

Its publication date is more than a month away, but Dr. Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Physics at The City College of New York, is already receiving rave reviews for his latest book, “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.” The 400-page book, which probes the human brain and its immense potential, will be released by Doubleday February 25.

In Memoriam: Dr. Marie T. Filbin

January 15, 2014 | Hunter College

With great sadness, we write of the passing of Dr. Marie T. Filbin, Distinguished Professor of Biology and internationally renowned Hunter neuroscientist. Dr. Filbin passed away in Ireland where she was born, surrounded by family and friends, after a long illness. Dr. Filbin’s groundbreaking work describes the chemical environment of an injured nervous system and […]

2 CCNY Biomedical Engineers Receive Entrepreneurial Training

January 10, 2014 | City College

Two standouts in The City College Grove School of Engineering’s biomedical engineering department have been accepted into the Bio & Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab NYC (ELabNYC), a competitive six-month training and mentoring program run by the New York City Economic Development Corp. Zeynep Dereli-Korkut, a postdoctoral researcher, and Tanjin Panna, a graduating senior, are among 21 participants in the current ELabNYC cohort.

LaGuardia Community College Professor Receives $30,000 Grant to Develop a Program that will Motivate Women to Enter STEM Majors

January 10, 2014 | LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY—January 10, 2014—Dr. Preethi Radhakrishnan, an assistant professor of biology at LaGuardia Community, was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Elsevier Foundation to develop The City University of New York’s first-of-its kind program designed to encourage women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM.  At a time […]

A LaGuardia Community College Student Receives Recognition for Her Outstanding Presentation at the National Biomedical Research Conference

January 8, 2014 | LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY—January 7, 2014—Sherise Martin, a biology major at LaGuardia Community College who has been conducting research on turmeric’s effect on neuroinflammation, won best poster presentation for her important work at the largest professional biomedical research conference of its kind in the nation. Sherise took the top prize in the neuroscience category at […]

Flipping pancakes with mathematics

January 7, 2014 | Uncategorized

Tomorrow marks the 80th birthday of Jacob E Goodman, a mathematician at the City College of New York. If Professor Goodman’s name does not ring any bells, then maybe you know him better by his pseudonym, Harry Dweighter. No? Confused? Wondering why a mathematician needs to disguise his identity? Allow me to explain.

Humans hunt like SHARKS: Hunter-gatherers forage for food in a mathematical pattern used by other predators

January 7, 2014 | Uncategorized

Hunter-gatherers search for food in the same way as animals including sharks and honeybees, according to anthropologists.

Debra Auguste Chosen for Presidential Early Career Award

January 7, 2014 | City College

Dr. Debra Auguste, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, was one of 102 researchers chosen as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

CCNY Black Engineers Chapter, Members Earn Accolades

January 6, 2014 | City College

The City College of New York’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) celebrated its 30th anniversary on a high note; it was named best chapter at the NSBE Region 1 conference, held November 23 in Hauppauge, N.Y. The recognition follows taking second place for retention programs at the NSBE national convention, held last March in Indianapolis.

CCNY Hosts International Cryptography Conference, January 13 – 15

January 6, 2014 | City College

More than 350 experts from academia and private industry from nine countries will participate in the third Real World Cryptography Workshop, January 13 – 15 at The City College of New York. The event, to take place in The Great Hall of Shepard Hall, is hosted by CCNY’s Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software (CAISS) and the Grove School of Engineering.

Baruch College Hosts “Truth Be Told:” A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration of Finding Facts Moderated by Geneva Overholser

December 30, 2013 | Baruch College

 NEW YORK, NY – December 30, 2013 – In a media landscape full of false equivalency, have we lost sight of the existence and value of facts? How are facts identified and tested in medicine, business, law and journalism and what can we all learn about information quality? The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences […]

CCNY Inducts 51 Into Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society

December 23, 2013 | City College

Cheyidatou Traore spoke three languages but little English when she arrived in the United States from her native Togo five years ago. On December 3, the Bronx resident was one of 51 inductees to The City College of New York chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE), a national honor society for students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria.

CCNY Chemists Use Sugar-Based Gelators to Solidify Vegetable Oils

December 20, 2013 | City College

Researchers at The City College of New York have reported the successful transformation of vegetable oils to a semisolid form using low-calorie sugars as a structuring agent. The findings portend the development of alternatives to structured oil products produced using saturated/trans fatty acids, which have been linked to coronary artery disease, obesity and diabetes.


December 18, 2013 | Hostos Community College

Dr. Elvir Dincer, an associate professor in the Dental Hygiene Division of the Allied Health Sciences Department at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Case Study of Dental Science (CSDD). This international journal of the Association of Medical and Dental Doctors (AMDD) publishes clinical studies, reviews and reports […]

U.S. Centers for Disease Control Awards Grant to Queens College and Make the Road New York to Help Immigrant Laborers

December 12, 2013 | Queens College

A $547,000 federal grant received in partnership by The Center for the Biology of Natural Systems (CBNS) at Queens College/CUNY and the immigrant-focused organization Make the Road New York will fund research and training on worker safety in the aftermath of disasters such as Superstorm Sandy.

Pump “Down” the Volume: Professor Sandra Levey and NYC to Address Noise and Hearing Loss

December 12, 2013 | Lehman College

In an experiment, researchers examined the volume level of portable listening devices (PLD)—such as Smartphones or other MP3 players—used by individuals on a college campus and on a busy street corner in New York’s Union Square. A total of 196 individuals from a variety of ethnic backgrounds participated. The final analysis showed that young iPod users and African-Americans listening to rap or hip hop listened the loudest and were more likely to exceed recommended listening times.

Turtles: CUNY’s Excellent Partners for a Habitat Restoration Study

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

THEY’RE ONLY TURTLES but they may be the key to helping CUNY researchers figure out how wildlife is affected by habitat restoration.

Spotting the Elusive ‘Hofstadter Butterfly’

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS who set out to study a new type of material inadvertently confirmed a nearly 40-year-old physics theory that predicts a pattern of energy.

Greener Living Through Chemistry

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

AT KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, chemistry students are learning to synthesize biodiesel from vegetable oil found in their kitchen cupboards. Other innovative chemistry lessons include teaching student chemists to de-polymerize plastic bottles from recycling bins and how to extract the naturally occurring hydrocarbon, limonene, from an orange, instead of using a petroleum-based chemical.

Discovering What Birds And Babies Share In Learning to Vocalize

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

MOST ADVANCES in science these days tend to come out of laboratories with the very latest and most sophisticated equipment. And then there is the groundbreaking science emerging from Ofer Tchernichovski’s lab at Hunter College.